Saturday, 16 April 2016

# 30 - Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre is the top ranked theatre or events venue in the Sydney top 100, with one exception.  I am sure you can guess what the exception is, and why it is no insult to be ranked behind it...  

Just look how excited I am at going to see Wicked at the Capitol Theatre
The Capitol Theatre is sandwiched between George Street and Pitt Street, just a little bit South of Central station.  It is an interesting enough building from the outside, if that type of thing gets you excited (if so, you can do a tour of the theatre which focuses on the architecture and history of the theatre).  It was built in 1892, and actually has a relatively interesting history, having started life as a market, and also spent a period of time as a circus.  Of course, you don't need to 'do' the theatre to find out this information, but I guess it is better if you can see it in person.

It tends to host big, headline shows, although not exclusively.  When we went, it was to see Wicked, which of course, I was extremely excited about.  The foyers are perfectly nice, and there are the usual food and drink stalls, along with the opportunity to buy some expensive programmes or memorabilia for whichever show you are watching.  I think there are about 5 different bars in total, and despite the show being a sell out, we didn't have to wait too long to get served either before the show, or at the interval.

The stage is a nice big stage, and the seating area is large, with comfortable seats and good views.  We were at the end of a row, but could still see everything quite clearly.  I believe it holds about 2,000 people, but it still feels like quite a compact venue when you are inside.  It was a good venue to watch a show, and Wicked was everything I dreamed it would be, and more.

As with most theatres, I probably wouldn't make a special trip unless you are a theatre enthusiast, or want to see a particular show that is on there.  As far as theatres go though, it is a nice one.

Are you a theatre enthusiast?  Want to share more about what exactly that involves?  Please share this and any other thoughts or questions in the comments below.

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